October 30, 2011
Clock ticking on Turris
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
NEW YORK - Kyle Turris is running out of options and time.
The 22-year-old Coyotes centre is going to have to make a decision on his future and the clock is ticking big time now with a Dec. 1 deadline looming for the restricted free agent to agree to a deal if he wants to play in the NHL this season.
While agent Kurt Overhardt remains hopeful heíll be able to get an offer sheet in the $4-million range per season or a trade out of Phoenix by GM Don Maloney, league sources say the chances of either happening are slim to none.
League executives believe the situation has been misplayed by Turris and Overhardt. Nobody is blaming Maloney for holding the line on Turris, who has done nothing to justify being paid $4 million a season.
ďThe only one being hurt by this is the player because itís hurting his development,Ē said a league executive speaking on the condition of anonymity. ďI donít know what has gone on there, but I donít see (Turris) winning.
ďThe kid still has a lot to prove. He had (25) points last season. He has a lot of work to do to be a better player in the league. This isnít going to help him improve.Ē
There was speculation Vancouver might make an offer sheet on Turris last week, but sources say itís not happening. Itís believed as many as six teams ó including Calgary ó have contacted Maloney about a deal, but he wonít budge.
ďTurris hasnít been shopped around at all,Ē said the executive. ďAny team that has spoken to Maloney has been told heís not going to be dealt.Ē
AROUND THE BOARDS
After a desperation move by firing assistant coach Perry Pearn, Habs GM Pierre Gauthier has turned the heat on himself. Many believe heíll be next out the door and thatís the whisper among NHL types as well. So, who will be his replacement? Here are two names to listen for: Former Habs GM Bob Gainey. He could be brought back and if that happens, coach Jacques Martin will be fired. Donít believe it? Why not? Stranger things have happened. Perhaps Pearn took the fall because Gauthier didnít want to pull the plug on Martin. Another more likely possibility is Tampa assistant GM Julien Brisebois. He left the Habs to take work with Bolts GM Steve Yzerman and was a key figure in the hiring of coach Guy Boucher. Brisebois worked closely with Boucher when Boucher was the coach of the Canadiensí AHL affiliate in Hamilton ... The Stars have to be the biggest surprise so far this season. With the team in bankruptcy, little-known rookie coach Glen Gulutzan has the club near the top of the Western Conference. Dallas has the leagueís lowest payroll, coupled with great goaltending from Kari Lehtonen and smart value-based free-agent signings Radek Dvorak, Sheldon Souray and Michael Ryder.
THIS íNí THAT
The Bruins look like theyíre suffering from the effects of a Stanley Cup hangover and GM Peter Chiarelli admitted as much to the Boston media last week. That has Chiarelli concerned enough to be working the phones. He wouldnít mind adding scoring help up front, but doesnít have a whole lot of cash to play with at the moment ... The Panthersí decision to trade LW David Booth caught many off-guard. The move saves GM Dale Tallon $18.25 million, and itís no accident that Ws Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm, who Florida got in the deal from the Canucks, are unrestricted free agent after this season. Tallon needed to clear money to sign RW Kris Versteeg, who will be an RFA next summer.
RUMOURS DU JOUR
The Jackets are trying to make changes, but GM Scott Howson hasnít been able to find a trade partner. His refusal to fire coach Scott Arniel is curious, but a couple of more losses and Howson might not have a choice. The Jackets are fielding calls for D Kris Russell and C Derick Brassard ... Tampa GM Steve Yzerman isnít ready to push the panic button, but he does have concerns about the play of veteran G Dwayne Roloson. The Lightning could look to bolster its netminding before the trade deadline. Tampa tried to acquire G Jonathan Bernier at the draft in June and there is talk the Kings may move him at some point ... Calgary GM Jay Feaster has been working the phones hard with no success. The issue: Heís offering players who are of little interest, including LW Niklas Hagman, RW David Moss and C Matt Stajan. LW Rene Bourque is the most attractive player Feaster has, but even heís got a lot of cash left on his deal. ďThe Flames have to accept itís time for them to rebuild,Ē said an NHL executive ... The Kings are looking to move LW Dustin Penner. Acquired from the Oilers at last yearís trade deadline, he is in the final year of a contract that pays him $4.25 million. He might attract some interest when more time ticks off his contract.
Have a nice Sunday.